Former Milton Keynes Council boss who quit over love for Tory councillor pops the question at 30,000ft

Catriona Morris and Nick Fenwick
Catriona Morris and Nick Fenwick
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A council boss forced to quit his high-flying job after falling in love with a Tory councillor has popped the question while 30,000 feet in the air on aeroplane.

Nick Fenwick, 53, went down on one knee during an easyJet flight to Spain and proposed marriage to former Tory mayor Catriona Morris.

The head of city planning, who formally leaves his job this week, let the pilot and cabin crew in on his secret in advance.

“I didn’t have a clue he was going to do it,” 46-year-old Ms Morris told the Citizen. “When I said yes, all the passengers cheered and the crew produced champagne. It was amazing.”

The couple, who have six children between them from previous relationships, caused political controversy when they began their relationship three years ago.

Last year Milton Keynes Council ordered an independent investigation to see whether any professional impropriety was taking place. The resulting report concluded the love match was “not ideal” but created “no insurmountable difficulties.”

A source claimed: “Despite the result of the investigation, Nick could no longer continue his job. It seems it was a jump or be pushed situation.

After the stress of the scrutiny, the couple booked a family holiday to Spain over the Easter break. Said Ms Morris: “Nick proposed when we were flying over the Isle of Wight. That’s where he was born and where my father was born so it had really special significance.

“He suddenly got down on one knee in the aisle and produced a ring. My daughter and his son filmed the whole thing on their phones – it was very romantic.”

This week the couple were back down to earth at their Broughton home as Mr Fenwick begins his quest for another job and Catriona prepares to defend her seat at the local elections. They plan to wed next year.

Said Catriona: “It’s all up in the air at the moment with Nick’s job hunting. But it’s not as up in the air as his proposal!”